- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - A day care worker in southwestern Colorado allegedly gave over-the-counter melatonin sleep-aid tablets to as many as 35 children last week, police said.

No children were harmed, but Dedrie Womack, 44, of Montrose was issued a misdemeanor summons for giving medication to children without parental consent, The Montrose Daily Press reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1xFOubY ).

Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said workers at the Hug-A-Bear Childcare and Learning Center called police on Oct. 22 after observing a co-worker giving pills to the kids. Emergency workers screened the children, determined they were OK and released them to their parents.

It wasn’t immediately known if Womack had an attorney.

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone and, in tablet form, is sold as a sleep aid. Its possible side effects in supplement form include dizziness. A police report said Womack was giving children melatonin doses in 5 mg tablets.

In 2010, a former day care worker at an Ohio church was sentenced to six months in jail for slipping melatonin into children’s candy to get them to sleep.

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Information from: The Montrose Daily Press, https://www.montrosepress.com

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